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Paddy Allen (BSc Land Management 2005)


After graduating in 2005, I started working for the property services firm, Atisreal in central London, having been offered a job following work experience between my 2nd and 3rd years. I then moved into property fund management after 2 years, and after 6 years with the same firm, I left in 2012 to set up my own business, Allen Wargent.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

The University was recommended by a trusted teacher and I was attracted by the down to earth atmosphere of the campus and the broad range of modules available on the Land Management course.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

Having a great work life balance. I was able to study hard and meet leading industry figures, as well as work part time and have a few good nights out!

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Take every opportunity offered to you and if you can't find opportunities, make them.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I started my own business in 2012 as a result of wanting to take my skills and experience into a particular sector of the market. My studies and work experience has given me the confidence to do this and to set my goals high.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

Be persistent and believe in yourself. Property is a long game, but it's constantly evolving, so innovation and enthusiasm is key. Take on board as much information as possible too, every corner of property is connected in some way.

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

I had no idea about the industry when I joined Reading. In my second year I was given a list of companies in the industry and contact names by the department, and I emailed them all, got an interview and the rest is history.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Be yourself and be passionate. Believe in your ideas and abilities, and always try to talk in tangibles, avoid empty phrases.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

The University means a lot to me and has been fundamental in my personal and career development. My favourite memory is definitely getting my final degree results. Everything looks so different once you know 3 years hard work has paid off and you learn to appreciate everything and everyone around you. It was also a sunny day and the union bar was open!

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